Intravenous news: Charleston Regional Business Journal report “A new design for intravenous catheters took first place in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces Perfect Pitch business idea competition.
Anesthesiologist Jimmy Rawls took the $5,000 prize for his J Loop catheter design. Rawls, who has worked with intravenous lines for 15 years, said he wanted to design a catheter that was more flexible than the current standard. Lines that aren’t pliable can kink, which can result in blood clots and infection and requiring additional needle sticks to install new IV lines, he said.
According to Rawls research, 50% of catheters fail in the first 48 hours, and hospitals spend $1.4 billion every year because of failed IVs. Rawls has invested $15,000 in his device, which has a patent pending. In addition to the $5,000, he also won a scholarship to the chambers BizBuilderSC entrepreneurial and business growth training program and access to a team of mentors.